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Strictly come dancing

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Cuenca, Ecuador
[by Paula]
A great many things have happened on this trip that could not have been predicted. In fact, the majority of happenings were not foreseen, but some are more surprising than others.
So when I was standing watching Jeremy change from his jeans and t-shirt into an 11-piece Bolivian dancing outfit, including big flappy woolly Andean trousers,…

Viva Bolivia !

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La Bolivie : un pays que tout le monde connaît un peu de nom, et pourtant si difficile à situer correctement sur une carte. Mais c’est un endroit si plaisant que nous y sommes retournés 3 fois, et que nous avons envisagé de nous y installer ! Vous voulez savoir pourquoi ?
 

Tout d’abord, si vous connaissez la Bolivie…

The little things in life

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Anyone fancy a wee cerveza?

Jupapina, La Paz, Bolivia
[by Paula]
I was a bit of a geek for miniatures when I was younger. While others had cool bedrooms crammed with music posters, Pacman games (yes, it was the 80s) and normal teenage paraphernalia, my shelves were lined with tiny little versions of just about anything I could get my…

Potosí: The saddest place in South America?

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Candelaria mine, Cerro Rico, Potosí, Bolivia. The mines – which have claimed millions of lives – are still being worked today.

Jupapina, near La Paz, Bolivia
[by Paula]
We’ve just spent our third Christmas and new year away from home. As we’re living in a proper house and have been temporarily adopted by Emma, Rolando and family, it was more…

Would you like salt with that? Adventures in Bolivia.

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With the Bolivian border in our sights, we pulled into a rundown Peruvian gas station and filled our tank in anticipation of the gas difficulties that we’ve been told lie ahead. It is not technically illegal to sell gas to foreigners but it involves a bit of paperwork so many attendants simply refuse to fill your tank. We reached the…

PANTHERA ONCA: A SHRINKING WORLD

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Image: Edwin Giesbers (www.edwingiesbers.com)

As the shadows lengthened over the Yungas, the Bolivian sky fading to darkness, we pulled up beside a wooden hut a few metres back from the road. Beyond the hut an area had been hacked from the jungle by a road gang, and not long abandoned. It was the most suitable bivouac we’d seen during the…

Wrestling with nature

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Shop in La Paz, Bolivia

Jupapina, near La Paz, Bolivia
[by Paula]
I’m not going to get all earth mothery on you, but our recent voluntary work in Bolivia is teaching us a hell of a lot about what it takes to manage a piece of land in a place where the weather can be brutal and the terrain unpredictable.…

Rock ‘n roll nights

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Multi-coloured  Valparaiso.

Jupapina, nr Mallasa, Bolivia
[by Paula]
We spent a day trying to decide where to go for the last portion of my brother’s visit. We could still make it to Peru for some trekking? Maybe pop over to Argentina?
After Derek left, Jeremy I were either going to be scooting back up north to Ecuador to collect our…

UnBoliviable

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Yay, it’s snowing! No wait, hang on, this is salt.

Jupapina, nr Mallasa, Bolivia
[by Paula]
Not for the first time, I was sorely tempted to get down on all fours and lick the ground.
Could it really be a 12,000sq km blindingly-white desert of salt we saw before us? It was reminiscent of one of those movies where they…

Overdosing on superlatives

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Er, bit dry here in the desert isn’t it? Pan de Azucar National park, Chile.

La Paz, Bolivia
by Paula
We’ve been over-doing things recently, in the best possible way. What with our marathon journey south to meet my family – the Jollys – in Chile, and the ensuing five weeks of astounding sightseeing, travelling and general Jollity, we’re all…

After all it’s the Bolivian Amazon Jungle

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Rurre and Beni river view
Well Rurrenabaque certainly didn’t disappoint us, in fact we ended up staying for 15 days so I think that says it all !. Suddenly it was time for shorts and T-shirts as we had hit over 30 degrees. Merv was back in DIY mode using our awning so as we could sit out for our…

La Paz Bolivia to the Jungle

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La Paz at night
After 13 dental visits (for Merv), it was finally time to leave La Paz Bolivia and head in the direction of the Central Highlands and further on into The Pampas and The Jungle. The day before we left Merv rotated the tyres on our truck and he noticed that our second fuel tank was loose, so…

Sucre and Roadblocks: Welcome to Bolivia

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After Uyuni our plan was to head to Potosi an old mining town for a day or two then on to Sucre, where we had an appointment to meet up with our friends from SprinterLife, Tree and Stevie and their beautiful daughter Sol who was still in her mama’s belly the last time we had hung out with them in…

The German, a nun and a Prickly Pig

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The sensation of wheels spinning in the mud can be pretty cool, especially if the vehicle is moving and preferably sideways. The same sensation when the vehicle is stationary is not so cool but no big problem. But, when we experienced wheel spin in our 4WD, complete with big tires especially designed for mud driving, it proved to be more…

WOW – A day on the Death Road Bolivia

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Lets have a go then
All five of us, Sandra, Dominick, Frank , Merv and I had been staying in the same camp-site for a few days, doing repairs on our trucks, motor-bike and Merv visiting the dentist, so we decided it was time to have a day of fun and adventure on mountain bikes, and it did not disappoint.…

BOLIVIA: PARTING SHOT

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I know of three people who would agree with the 2013 report by the World Economic Forum which ranked Bolivia as the least friendly country for travellers – Butch, Sundance and Che all met with a hail of bullets in Bolivia.
Okay, so these guys were hardly travellers. But, as the report concludes, is the modern Bolivia such an unfriendly…

The Salar de Uyuni, Bolivia

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I remember, what seems like a lifetime ago, when we were saving and planning for this trip reading the blogs of people traveling South America and getting inspiration for our travels. Some places, in photo after photo, were so spectacular they became a must visit on my list of places to see, and I couldn’t wait to see them for…

Cholitas – Women’s Bolivian Wrestling

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Do not mess with this woman. She might jump on you and not in a good way
It was time for something a little different, so one evening we went to see The Bolivian Wrestling Cholitas and they did not disappoint. This is held in El Alto every Sunday evening with the show lasting about two hours. El Alto itself…

BOLIVIA: THE GRAN CHIQUITANIA AND THE AMAZON BASIN

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Bolivia is not all about the Altiplano, mountain sickness and freezing your nuts off in the Cordillera de Lipez. To the east of the country the Altiplano gives way to the rolling foothills, and then flat grasslands, herds of cows, thorn-scrub, palm trees, jungle and bichos, those little biting insects we love to hate. After the conquistadors  had bludgeoned and…

Is this Mars or Bolivia? Exploring Bolivia’s Southwest Circuit

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The three things we seem to consistently hear about the southern lakes circuit of Bolivia was that the elevation is extremely high, the temperatures are extremely low (specially at night), and there is virtually nobody around. With this in mind we had been trying to get some exposure to elevation for the few weeks prior to heading into Bolivia. Unfortunately,…

THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS ROAD

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I guess most people will have never heard of Yolosa, a tiny settlement where people arrive to lick their wounds, or offer a brief prayer. Yolosa is the start (or finish, depending on your direction of travel) of supposedly the world’s most dangerous road. I’d half expected that we might encounter a warning sign, a disclaimer, a flag with the…

“CHE’S” LAST STAND

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The legend of Che

They might not win many wars but the Bolivian military is pretty good at terminating bandits and revolutionaries. In 1908 it was Butch and Sundance who were sent to that ‘Great Bank Robbery’ in the sky. Sixty years later it was the turn of Che Guevara. Love him or hate him, the iconic Che came to…

Minus 14 on Salar de Uyuni

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The town of Uyuni
We arrived into Uyuni, the town which most Bolivians refer to as the ‘extreme cold’ place of Bolivia. I wonder why ? We were about to find out, but find out in a good way. This part of Southwestern Bolivia has few roads or inhabitants and just a few scattered settlements here and there. For adventurous…

Sucre, Bolivia

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Sarah studying our Bolivian guide book we found in a book exchange
Sucre, Bolivia. What a beautiful city , set in a valley surrounded by low mountains, boasts numerous churches , museums, funky restaurants and old houses. All buildings in the center of the city are either whitewashed or painted white. It is also a city of scholars and when…

Troy vs. The Amazon

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Successfully surviving the ‘world’s most dangerous road’ we were now in the mood for a big city and La Paz wasn’t cutting it this time. We needed propane, grocery supplies and a good night on the town. This was becoming something of a habit, our city fix every few weeks to dance with hip local crowds, sample treats and ferret…

Cocaine country and the world’s most dangerous road

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We departed La Paz early the next morning and drove through the maze of one and two-way streets that changed direction depending on the direction & volume of traffic. More often than not this phenomena had us driving into headlight flashing horn, honking oncoming traffic… not to mention the standard local donkey drawn carts that paid no heed to truck,…

THE SALAR DE UYUNI AND THE ART OF UNBLOCKING PIPES

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The Salar de Uyuni

Like all deserts, the Salar de Uyuni is disorientating for the first few kilometres of driving. You ponder if it is wise to deviate from the wheel tracks ahead, and then you just think – ‘Aah, what the hell’ – heave the wheel to the left and head out into that great white expanse. At 12,000…

Bolivia – for Starters!

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Leaving Argentina might have been sad for us, but on the other hand it was exciting as we were entering a whole new wonderful country called Bolivia which is probably the highest and most isolated of the Latin American countries.

This long and windy road took us to Tarija, Bolivia
The paper work at the  border crossing was relatively easy,…

Bolivia Beckons

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The morning sun was finally beginning to reach the valley floor far below, the sky was cloudless and the day promising to be as warm as can be at nearly 3000 m above sea level. The Sacred Valley of the Incas was turning it on for two bone weary travelers far from home and that still had a long road ahead of…

UYUNI – BOLÍVIA

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Depois de Copacabana, deveríamos tomar uma decisão; seguir pela Bolívia até Uyuni, para visitar o maior deserto de sal do mundo ou desviar o caminho e voltar para o Chile onde as condições são bem melhores para viajar.
Já na saída de Copacabana um pedágio era cobrado em nome da conservação da cidade e uma taxa adicional, a título de…